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Global Transport Solutions acquires HERA Global Forwarding

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Lijnden, May 2020

Global Transport Solutions Holding (GTS), the holding company of fourth-party logistics (4PL) service provider Marinetrans and third-party logistics (3PL) service provider Best Global Logistics, has acquired HERA Global Forwarding. HERA is a 4PL service provider specialized in logistics of ship spare parts. Following the successful acquisition of Airsped and Altus Norway earlier this year, this is the third acquisition of GTS in 2020. This acquisition will strengthen the position of GTS as logistics service provider of ship spares in the Benelux.

Michel Loots, CEO of Global Transport Solutions Holding, commented on the transaction: “We are excited and pleased with our third acquisition. HERA Global Forwarding is specialized in logistics for marine spares, projects and super yachts. HERA offers its customers time-critical logistics via all modalities. HERA and GTS are a great combination and there are many opportunities to grow our combined business in the national and international market. The decision to acquire HERA was a logical step for us, after 10 years of close cooperation between HERA and Best Global Logistics in the Netherlands. Welcoming HERA and its experienced management team to our group will further strengthen our market position, while at the same time expanding the portfolio of services we offer to our customers, e.g. with projects and super yachts logistics.”

The founders and Managing Directors of HERA Global Forwarding, Jolanda van den Berg and Elma van der Wel, commented: “We have the pleasure to announce that after a long business relationship with Best Global Logistics, we have “entered on board” of the GTS group. In ourexistence of over 12 years, HERA developed into a well-known international forwarder specialized in marine spares parts and the super yachts business. The positive feedback we receive from our clients shows their appreciation of our personal approach, efficient working methods and unique service. This merger extends our worldwide stock locations and allows us to offer a great range of additional services, while maintaining the service level our customers are used to. We feel that we can offer the best of both worlds now that we are part of GTS.”

Michel Loots further commented on the growth strategy of GTS in the coming years: “This is ourthird acquisition since we have teamed up with Waterland Private Equity last year. It is part of our buy-and-build strategy to grow our 4PL and 3PL divisions under the Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics brands. We are in discussion with several other specialized logistics companies to continue our buy-and-build activities, to strengthen our market position and to further expand our global footprint”

Global Transport Solutions is the holding company of Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics, offering specialized 4PL and 3PL international time-critical logistics with geographical presence on all continents, mainly focused on marine spare parts.

Marinetrans is the world’s largest fourth-party logistics (4PL) service provider, specialized in forwarding and logistics of marine spare parts. The company is headquartered in Singapore and has six additional offices around the globe. Through a network of dedicated partners, Marinetrans offers services in 22 warehouses and 2,000 ports worldwide.

Best Global Logistics is an independent third-party logistics (3PL) service provider, offering relatively complex logistics solutions on a global scale. The company operates bonded and free-zone warehouses located in the Netherlands and Norway. BGL has a strong foothold in the maritime industry, while also serving a range of other industries.

Waterland is an independent private equity firm founded in The Netherlands in 1999. Businesses supported by Waterland are led by ambitious management teams that have a proven track record of fostering growth. Waterland is actively involved as a shareholder and supports management teams to achieve their ambitions by providing growth expertise and knowledge on the execution of successful buy-and- build trajectories. To date, Waterland has raised seven investment funds with acombined € 6 billion in assets under management, has executed more than 650 acquisitions in morethan 100 different markets and has offices in eight European countries.

BEST GLOBAL LOGISTICS LEASES 5,500 SQM IN AMS CARGO CENTER II

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SCHIPHOL, 17 March 2020 – Best Global Logistics has signed a lease agreement per May 1stcomprising in total c. 4,400 sqm warehouse with c. 1,100 sqm office in AMS Cargo Center II at Schiphol Logistics Park.

Best Global Logistics is the second tenant of AMS Cargo Center II. With this transaction, the recently constructed building is leased for more than 30%. Five more units are available for rent, starting from c. 3,000 up to c. 17,500 sqm in total.

AMS Cargo Center II is located on Schiphol Logistics Park and concerns a new multi-tenant warehouse with a total surface of c. 32,000 sqm, divided in zeven sections. The location comprises a high attention value towards the highway A4 (Amsterdam – The Hague). The cargo platform of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is accessible within less than five minutes.

Best Global Logistics is a 3PL service provider who will relocate to Schiphol Logistics Park together with Marinetrans Benelux, which is a 4PL service provider for ship spare parts, and parent company Global Transport Solutions Holding. John H. Burgstra, CEO van Best Global Logistics, commented: “The strategic location will facilitate the growth of the companies and will enable us to serve our customers even better, now and in the future.”

AMS Cargo Center II was developed in a JV between Built to Build and Proptimize. The building was sold to to Deka Immobilien last year and delivered in December. Cushman & Wakefield and Industrial Real Estate Partners acted on behalf of Built to Build and Proptimize.

Refer to the following website for further information about the location: www.amscargocenter.nl

Update Corona virus – BGL Contingency plan

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Dear Customer,

In response to the Corona virus outbreak, we would like to give you an update of the current situation and the consequences.

The situation continues to evolve but BGL is well prepared for the challenging task ahead and remains strongly committed to mitigate the potential impact on our customers supply chains. Our government has now ordered a lock-down of the public sector till the sixth of April and several countries are doing the same.

Our mission is to eliminate or reduce transmission of the virus into and within our business and to flatten the curve of potential contamination to ensure the health of colleagues and business continuity. Part of this is of course to ensure that we do not transmit any risk to our customers, partners and suppliers.

In order to coordinate and control daily operations we have set up the COVID-19 team.

With immediate effect and until further notice, Best Global Logistics B.V. is implementing an updated Corona virus (COVID-19) contingency plan.

The updated contingency plan has the dual purpose of minimising the spread of the virus and to protect our colleagues, business partners and the business.

With the contingency plan and measures initiated we are considering the health and safety of our colleagues and at the same time the continuous supply and service to our customers.

With these measures we also wish to assist public health authorities in their treatment of the virus by doing what we can to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 and react accordingly in case of contamination cases.

Kind regards,

John Burgstra

CEO

Global Transport Solutions (GTS) acquires Altus Norway

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Lijnden, February 19th, 2020

Global Transport Solutions Holding, the parent company of 4PL ship spare parts logistics provider Marinetrans and 3PL provider Best Global Logistics, has acquired ship spare parts and general logistics services provider Altus Norway. Following the successful acquisition of Airsped in January, this will be the second acquisition in 2020 to strengthen the international network of Global Transport Solutions and its presence in Norway, one of its key markets.

Michel Loots, CEO of Global Transport Solutions Holding, commented on the transaction: “We areexcited about our second acquisition in the Norwegian market. Altus Norway is a 4PL and 3PL logistics company specialized in marine and offshore spares logistics, project logistics for the energy and renewables industry, wine distribution and general cargo, offering its customers time-critical logistics via all modalities. To have Altus Norway and its experienced management team on board of our logistics group will further strengthen our position in the Norwegian and international market,while at the same time expand our services portfolio with larger project logistics.”

Stig Sandum, co-founder and manager of Altus Norway, commented: “We are delighted to become a part of GTS. Altus Norway has grown to become a strong player over the years and established a solid reputation for logistics solutions internationally. Now, we can accelerate further and work on a range of value-adding services and opportunities together with the market leader in marine logistics and freight forwarding GTS. The acquisition represents a strategic step in our ambition to increase our presence in existing and new markets. Our combined network and expertise will be unique in the global market and the acquisition will create tremendous synergies. We are looking forward to being associated with them actively in the years to come. Not at least, we are sure that our clients will benefit in many ways from it. Significant further growth is secured in the coming years.”

Michel Loots further commented on Altus Norway and the growth strategy of GTS for the comingyears: “Altus Norway and GTS are a great combination which will provide many opportunities togrow our combined business in the Norwegian and international market. This is our second acquisition since we have teamed up with Waterland Private Equity. And this is part of our buy-and- build strategy to grow our 4PL and 3PL divisions under the Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics brands. Aside from Altus Norway, we are in discussion with several other specialized logistics companies to continue our buy-and-build strategy.”

Global Transport Solutions is the holding company of Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics, offering specialized 4PL (Marinetrans) and 3PL (Best Global Logistics) international time-critical logistics, mainly focused on marine spare parts, with geographical presence on all continents.

Marinetrans is the world’s largest fourth-party logistics service provider (4PL) specialized in marine spare parts forwarding and logistics. The company is headquartered in Singapore and has 6 additional offices around the globe. Through a network of dedicated partners, Marinetrans uses 22 warehouses and provides services in 2,000 ports worldwide.

Best Global Logistics is a Dutch independent third-party logistics service provider (3PL) offering relatively complex logistics solutions on a global scale. The company operates two bonded and free- zone warehouses located in Lijnden (Amsterdam airport) and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. BGL has a strong foothold in the maritime industry, while also serving a range of other industries.

Altus Norway, headquartered in Moss, is a rapidly growing fourth- and third-party logistics services provider focusing on marine & offshore spare parts, project logistics for the energy market, wine distribution, general cargo and warehousing services. It has its own warehouse of more than 6,000 square meters in Norway and access to a global network of key partners around the world (including Marinetrans).

Waterland is an independent private equity firm founded in The Netherlands in 1999. Businesses supported by Waterland are led by ambitious management teams that have a proven track record of fostering growth. Waterland is actively involved as a shareholder and supports management teams to achieve their ambitions by providing growth expertise and knowledge on the execution of successful buy & build trajectories. To date, Waterland has raised seven investment funds with acombined € 6 billion in assets under management, has executed more than 650 acquisitions in morethan 100 different markets and has offices in eight European countries.

PRESS RELEASE: Global Transport Solutions Holding B.V. acquires Airsped Logistics Norway Lijnden

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Global Transport Solutions Holding B.V. acquires Airsped Logistics Norway Lijnden January 15th 2020

Global Transport Solutions Holding (GTS), a 4PL logistics service provider with complementary 3PL activities specialized in marine spare parts as well as other complex and critical logistics, has acquired Airsped Logistics, a 3PL logistics service provider in Norway. This acquisition is part of the buy-and- build strategy. GTS is working on three other acquisitions, which are expected to be finalized during the first quarter of 2020.

Michel Loots, CEO of GTS, commented on the transaction: “We are excited about this acquisition inthe Norwegian market. As a 3PL logistics service provider, Airsped has been the logistics partner of Marinetrans in Norway for over 25 years. We already worked closely together with regards to warehousing and time-critical logistics via air, ocean and trucking, which made this a logical next step in our collaboration. Having Airsped on board of our logistics group strengthens our position in the Norwegian market and will give GTS more opportunities to service our Norwegian and internationalcustomers locally in Norway.”

According to Michel Loots, Airsped and Marinetrans are strongly intertwined and have a long history of mutual cooperation. The combined deal of Airsped and GTS with the support of Waterland Private Equity Investments is an important step for both companies. Michel Loots: “We see great opportunitiesto grow our combined business in the Norwegian market. This is our first acquisition since we have teamed up with Waterland Private Equity and a first step in our buy-and-build strategy to globally expand and strengthen GTS in marine spare parts and other complex and critical logistics.”

Petter Fausko, CEO of Airsped Logistics commented: “After 36 years of ownership, it feels natural to join GTS and its growth ambitions in marine spare parts and other complex and critical logistics services. I am excited to take part in this adventure and add Airsped’s qualities to the group.”

Global Transport Solutions is the holding company of Marinetrans Group and Best Global Logistics Group and headquartered in The Netherlands. GTS has initiated a buy-and-build growth strategy with which it intends to expand and strengthen its two logistics divisions, specialized in marine spare parts and other complex and critical logistics, through acquisitions around the globe.

Marinetrans is the world’s largest fourth-party logistics service provider (4PL) specialized in marine spare parts forwarding and logistics. The company is headquartered in Singapore and has 6 additional offices around the globe. Through a network of dedicated partners, among which BGL, Marinetrans uses 22 warehouses and provides services in 2,000 ports worldwide.

Best Global Logistics is a Dutch independent third-party logistics service provider (3PL) offering complex and critical logistics solutions on a global scale. The company operates two bonded and free- zone warehouses located in Lijnden (Amsterdam Airport) and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. BGL has strong presence in the maritime industry, while also serving a range of other industries.

Waterland is an independent private equity firm founded in The Netherlands in 1999. Businesses supported by Waterland are led by ambitious management teams that have a proven track record of fostering growth.

Waterland is actively involved as a shareholder and supports management teams to achieve their ambitions by providing growth expertise and knowledge on the execution of successful buy & buildtrajectories. To date, Waterland has raised seven investment funds with a combined € 6 billion in assetsunder management, has executed more than 650 acquisitions in more than 100 different markets and has offices in eight European countries.

Riege connects Best Global Logistics as 1st forwarder in the Netherlands with Direct Airline Booking API to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo

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Düsseldorf/Meerbusch – Riege Software announces the Go-Live of Dutch customer Best Global Logistics (BGL) with the newly developed Direct Airline Booking API. In the first step, the API is available for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo bookings, enabling seamless operations in conjunction with Riege’s forwarding software Scope as an integrated solution. Providing the benefits of direct booking while at the same time avoiding the disadvantage of system changes, the Direct Airline Booking API marks another milestone in Riege’s “One System. One Record.” approach to push Scope as the Digital Standard in logistics.

BGL was the first Riege customer who requested this integration and they will be the first ones to use it. After the pilot period, Fast Forward Freight (FFF) will follow. Both BGL and FFF have invested in the development of the API together with Riege which allowed the completion in the shortest period of time possible. “It was our intention to benefit from this solution, the sooner the better, but we also had the ambition to be the first ones owning this API as an early adopter as well as a driver of future-oriented technology,” said Michel Loots, CEO at BGL.

With the new API Scope users can directly send a booking request to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, they will receive flights and prices in real time and then can book the required flight. All directly from within Scope without separate booking via webportals or phone and always with the latest dynamic prices at hand. “Technically, it is all about a real-time match between capacity and demand. In practice, it is about saving time and money by avoiding phone calls and system changes. Literally a significant win for us and our customers which simultaneously makes us stronger in a very competitive market. The money we invested together with FFF is well spent, and the ROI is calculated for within one year,” said Michel focussing the economic aspect.

“You rarely find companies co-investing in technological progress these days. With partners like BGL and FFF, Riege is blessed in the best meaning of the word. Together we set the foundation for a ground-breaking solution that will later be available for all Scope users worldwide. And of course, it is not limited to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. All airlines are most welcome to join this community, gaining new customers with impressive volumes of freight,” said Henk Boorsma, Managing Director and co-owner of Riege Software in the Netherlands. 65.995 unique AWBs created by Scope users within the last 12 months only for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo speak for themselves.

”I am glad and honoured to represent a company which not only can trust in the capabilities and loyalty of its employees, but also in the allegiance of its customers many of whom have proven more than once that real partnership goes beyond purely factual business relationships. That’s priceless. I wish to express my thankfulness specifically to Michel Loots of BGL and Marc Terpstra of FFF. When we say that Scope is the future of digital logistics, guys like them are the driving force,” said Dr. Tobias Riege, CEO of Riege Software.

About Riege Software

Riege Software is a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions and services for the logistics industry. Established in 1985, the privately- owned and managed company provides products and services to more than 450 customers worldwide with over 5,000 users in 41 countries. Headquartered in Germany, Riege maintains 6 branches in Europe, Asia and North America.

The company’s brand is Scope, the digital standard for Air Freight, Sea Freight and Customs accelerating all processes and procedures in logistics. Enhanced by the web application Connect, and integrated to third party ERP/WMS, Scope enables cross-system collaboration between the stakeholders in the global supply chain. With focus on quality improvement and productivity increase, cost reduction and revenue optimization, customer loyalty and employee satisfaction.

Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics join forces

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Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics join forces

Lijnden, 12 September 2019 – After many years of successful cooperation, ship spare parts logistics company Marinetrans and freight forwarder Best Global Logistics have decided to join forces.

The operations, legal entities, management teams and shareholders of Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics will be combined into one group under a new joint holding company: Global Transport Solutions (GTS), which will have its headquarters in the Netherlands. To further accelerate its strong historical growth, GTS has decided to team up with financial and strategic partner Waterland Private Equity Investments. The merger of the two companies and addition of Waterland as a new shareholder will enable GTS to execute an international buy & build strategy to achieve accelerated growth.

GTS will continue to accelerate the growth path followed by Marinetrans and BGL in the past few years. In addition, it will focus on expanding the transport and warehouse network of the two companies, open new offices worldwide to better serve customers locally in commercially attractive countries, and invest in its proprietary IT platform, innovation and integration. In addition, GTS will focus on acquiring other companies in the same or adjacent markets to strengthen its competitive position and expand its market share.

Waterland will obtain a majority stake in the newly formed logistics group, complemented by the former shareholders of BGL and Marinetrans. The current senior management team of Marinetrans and BGL will remain unchanged. Michel Loots (former BGL co-CEO), John Burgstra (former BGL co-CEO), Jorgen Fausko (former Marinetrans CEO) and Vegard Prytz (former Marinetrans CFO) will form the management board of GTS.

Jørgen Fausko, founder and CEO of Marinetrans, commented on the transaction: “We are excited about combining BGL and Marinetrans and teaming up with Waterland, who we believe is the right partner for BGL and Marinetrans to accelerate the combined companies’ growth and continue their track record of solid organic expansion.”

According to Michel Loots, co-founder and co-CEO of BGL, “BGL and Marinetrans are strongly intertwined and have a long history of mutual cooperation. The combined deal of BGL and Marinetrans with the support of Waterland is an important step for both companies. We see great opportunities to grow our combined business in cooperation with Waterland who – with its active buy-and-build approach and experience in the logistics sector – will enable us to strengthen our position in the international logistics market.”

Hans Scheepers, managing partner of the Dutch Waterland office, adds: “Waterland is proud to team up with Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics given their combined market leading position and strong track record. We are keen to help the newly merged group to expand its position through consolidation of the ship spare parts logistics market, expansion with complementary freight forwarding services and  acceleration of its organic growth by further gaining market share.”

About GTS (Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics)

Marinetrans is the world’s largest fourth-party logistics service provider (4PL) specialized in marine spare parts forwarding and logistics. The company is headquartered in Singapore and has 6 additional offices around the globe. Through a network of dedicated partners, Marinetrans uses 22 warehouses and provides services in 2,000 ports worldwide.

Best Global Logistics is a Dutch independent third-party logistics service provider (3PL) offering relatively complex logistics solutions on a global scale. The company operates two bonded and free-zone warehouses located in Lijnden (Amsterdam airport) and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. BGL has a strong foothold in the maritime industry, while also serving a range of other industries.

About Waterland

Waterland is an independent private equity firm founded in The Netherlands in 1999. Businesses supported by Waterland are led by ambitious management teams that have a proven track record of fostering growth. Waterland is actively involved as a shareholder and supports management teams to achieve their ambitions by providing growth expertise and knowledge on the execution of successful buy & build trajectories. To date, Waterland has raised seven investment funds with a combined € 6 billion in assets under management, has executed more than 650 acquisitions in more than 100 different markets and has offices in seven European countries.

 

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Port of Rotterdam breaks records in 2018

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has booked a record year!  Almost 470 million tonnes were shipped in 2018. The overhaul of crude oil decreased slightly, but this was compensated by the increased trade in liquefied gas and biomass.

The revenue of the port company declined last year, from 712 million euros in 2017 to 707 million euros in 2018. However, the profit grew by 7 million euros and came to 254 million euros last year. As a shareholder, the municipality of Rotterdam receives almost 70 million in dividends, the Dutch government receives 28 million.

“We are very satisfied with the 4.5% growth in the container sector, which strengthened our position as market leader, and we are also pleased with the 385 thousand jobs that the harbour is able to create, contributing almost 45 billion euros to the Dutch market economy”, says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

In 2018 no less than 408 million euros were invested in the port, the highest amount since the construction of the Second Maasvlakte.

Accessibility

Most of the money was used for the improvement of the accessibility of the port of Rotterdam, such as the construction of the Container Exchange Route on the Maasvlakte, the Princess Amalia viaduct and the relocation of the Havenspoorlijn via the Thames route.

Container transshipment showed a strong increase in 2018. More than 8.5 million containers were transhipped, an increase of more than 400,000 compared to 2017. The port authority expects the transshipment volume to grow slightly in 2019, but expects the growth to be slightly less than in recent years.

Schiphol Airport plans to reduce Schiphol emissions

Schiphol preserves airport through a green obligation of 500 million euro

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Plan to reduce Schiphol emissions to 35%
The aviation sector is responsible for approximately 2.5% of global CO₂ emissions. This is mainly due to the air traffic and not so much to the activities on the ground.

‘Of course, air traffic is the biggest polluter,’ says a spokesman. “But that does not mean that we have to leave everything else that we can make sustainable.”

Through a green obligation, Schiphol Group raised 500 million euro to make the airport more sustainable. The main goals? Installing the infrastructure for electric buses and installing solar panels on the roof of a new pier.

Climate neutral
Until 2030, the airport wants to make the offices, the terminals and all activities on the ground climate-neutral. To achieve this, an amount of 1.2 billion euro is needed by 2023.

Plan for the future
This month, together with the TUDelft and a large number of airlines, Schiphol has presented a plan for emissions to reduce CO₂ by 35% to 2035. In order to realize this plan, the parties want to use sustainable fuel and they want to optimize the air routes.